Gary Lockwood

Gary Lockwood

Birth name: John Gary Yurosek
Born: February 21, 1937
Age: 87
Birthplace: Van Nuys, California, U.S.
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Gary Lockwood (born John Gary Yurosek; February 21, 1937) is an American actor known for his role as the astronaut Dr. Frank Poole in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), and as Lieutenant Commander Gary Mitchell in the Star Trek pilot episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before" (1966).


Early life

Born in Van Nuys in the San Fernando Valley of southern California, Lockwood's birth name was John Gary Yurosek. He is of partial Polish descent. He attended the University of California at Los Angeles on a football scholarship to play quarterback. He was married to actress Stefanie Powers in the 1960s and Denise DuBarry in the 1980s.


Lockwood was a movie stuntman, and a stand-in for Anthony Perkins prior to his acting debut in 1959 in an uncredited bit role in Warlock.

Lockwood's two series came early in his career, and each lasted only a single season. ABC's Hawaii-set Follow the Sun (1961-62) cast him in support of Brett Halsey and Barry Coe, who played adventurous magazine writers based in Honolulu. Lockwood was Eric Jason, who did the legwork for their articles, but his on-screen time was limited since most of the plot focused on Halsey or Coe. In the story, Eric Jason was said to have been born on December 7, 1941 (Pearl Harbor Day), but Lockwood was actually born nearly five years earlier. Another series regular was Gigi Perreau, who played the writers' secretary. Lockwood had earlier played a soldier with a crush on Mary Stone (Shelley Fabares) on the ABC sitcom, The Donna Reed Show.

Lockwood made an impression in a supporting role in the film Splendor in the Grass (1961) and appeared in ABC's Bus Stop (also 1961) as a 24-year-old rodeo cowboy named Bo in love with an 18-year-old singer, Cherie, played by Tuesday Weld. The 26-week series, which starred Marilyn Maxwell as the owner of a diner in fictitious Sunrise, Colorado, aired a half-hour after Follow the Sun. He would star again with Weld in his film debut, 1961's Wild in the Country, with Elvis Presley. He again joined Presley in the musical-comedy film, It Happened at the World's Fair, in 1963.

Thereafter, Lockwood starred with Jeff Bridges in the acclaimed "My Daddy Can Beat Your Daddy" episode of CBS's anthology series, The Lloyd Bridges Show (which starred Lloyd Bridges, the father of Jeff Bridges). In 1962, Lockwood appeared on Perry Mason as the title character in "The Case of the Playboy Pugilist." In 1963, Lockwood co-starred with Elvis Presley in the musical-comedy film, It Happened at the World's Fair.

In 1963-1964, Lockwood starred as a young U.S. Marine second lieutenant named William T. ("Bill") Rice in the NBC series The Lieutenant. This drama, about the peacetime Marines, was produced by the creators of Star Trek (Gene Roddenberry) and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (Norman Felton). The series co-starred Robert Vaughn as Lieutenant Rice's immediate superior, Captain Raymond Rambridge. Despite moderately good reviews, The Lieutenant's Saturday night time slot, opposite CBS' Jackie Gleason's American Scene Magazine, caused its cancellation after 29 episodes. In 1964, Lockwood guest-starred as Major Gus Denver in the first season of 12 O'Clock High, in episode 9, "Appointment at Liege", and again in 1965 in episode 29, "V For Vendetta". He also guest-starred as Lt. Josh McGraw in season 2, episode 4, "The Idolator" of 12 O'Clock High.

Shortly afterwards, Lockwood starred in another NBC television series The Kraft Mystery Theater (also known as Crisis) in an episode titled "Connery's Hands". He was cast opposite Sally Kellerman, with whom he would soon appear again as Helmsman Gary Mitchell in the second Star Trek pilot, "Where No Man Has Gone Before" (1965) in which their characters develop god-like powers.

In 1966, Lockwood guest starred as Clint Bethard in the episode "Reunion" of ABC's The Legend of Jesse James, starring Christopher Jones in the title role of Jesse James. That same year, Lockwood appeared as Danny Hamil on the episode "Day of Thunder" of NBC's drama, The Long Hot Summer, based loosely on the works of William Faulkner. He appeared twice in 1966 as Jim Stark in the two-part episode "The Raid" of CBS' Gunsmoke with James Arness. He is well-known among science fiction fans for his role in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) as Dr. Frank Poole.

He co-starred with Stefanie Powers (then his wife) in an episode of ABC's Love, American Style as a newlywed who gets his mouth stuck around a doorknob. In 1983, he guest starred in the series Hart to Hart ("Emily by Hart") with Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers.

Between 1959 and 2004, Gary Lockwood gained roles in some forty theatrical features and made-for-TV movies and eighty TV guest appearances, including the CBS 1975 family drama Three for the Road and Barnaby Jones starring Buddy Ebsen, in which he appeared many times as a villain.

Personal life

He is father of actress Samantha Lockwood, whose mother is Denise DuBarry. Both currently live in Los Angeles.

TV and filmography

  • Wild in the Country (1961) as Cliff Macy
  • Splendor in the Grass (1961) as Toots
  • The Magic Sword (1962) as Sir George
  • Perry Mason "The Playboy Pugilist" (1962) as Davey Carroll
  • It Happened at the World's Fair (1963) as Danny Burke
  • Combat!: Season 3, Episode 7 "Operation Flytrap" (1964) as Sgt. Meider
  • 12 O'Clock High: Season 1, Episode 9, "Appointment at Liege" (1964) and Episode 29, "V for Vendetta" (1965) as Maj. Gus Denver, and in Season 2, Episode 4 "The Idolator" (1965) as Lt. Josh McGraw
  • Star Trek: The Original Series "Where No Man Has Gone Before" (Second Pilot) (1966) as Lt. Cdr. Gary Mitchell
  • Firecreek (1968) as Earl
  • They Came to Rob Las Vegas (1968) as Tony Ferris
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) as Dr. Frank Poole
  • Model Shop (1969) as George Matthews
  • R. P. M. (1970) as Rossiter
  • Earth II (TV pilot) (1971) as David Seville
  • Stand Up and Be Counted (1972) as Eliot Travis
  • Night Gallery s03e11 "The Ring with the Red Velvet Ropes" (1973) as Jim Figg
  • Mission Impossible "The Question" (1973) as Nicholas Varsi
  • Banacek "No Stone Unturned" (1973) as Owen Russell
  • The Six Million Dollar Man "Eyewitness to Murder" (1974) as assassin John Hopper and his twin brother
  • Project Kill (1976) as Frank Lassiter
  • The Quest (1976), a short-lived NBC western
  • Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color as Bret Haskell in 2-part episode, "Kit Carson and the Mountain Men" (1977)
  • Bad Georgia Road (1977) as Leroy Hastings
  • The Ghost of Flight 401 (1978 TV) as Jordan Evanhower
  • The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel (1978 TV)
  • The Top of the Hill (1980 TV) as Dave Cully
  • Emergency Room (1983 TV) as Dr. David Becker
  • Simon and Simon as Air Force Col. Christopher J. Ahern in "The Wrong Stuff" (1984), as Daniel C. Thacker in "The Mickey Mouse Mob" (1985), and as Ron Redding in "Family Forecast" and as Dr. Maynard Ellis in "Tonsillitis" (both 1986)
  • Murder, She Wrote: "Sudden Death" (1985), "Indian Giver" (1987), "Tainted Lady" (1991), "Roadkill" (1994)
  • The Wild Pair (1987) as Captain Kramer
  • MacGyver as Grant in "Mask of the Wolf" (1988)
  • Starsky & Hutch as Jimmy Spenser in "The Heavyweight" (1987)
  • Terror in Paradise (1990) as Major Douglas
  • Night of the Scarecrow (1995) as Mayor William Goodman

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